Backcountry rescue training

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 6, 2010 4:09 pm

                                                        Backcountry Rescue Training at Snowbird This Friday, Jan. 8


Snowbird, Utah – Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, in partnership with Wasatch Backcountry Rescue (WBR), University of Utah Health Care’s AirMed and the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting backcountry rescue training this Friday, Jan. 8.  Representatives from the Mountain Rescue Association, a national non-profit organization dedicated to mountain and rescue safety education, will also be in attendance.


Two AirMed helicopters are expected to land on Hidden Peak around noon on Friday for a demonstration of the equipment onboard and review of rescue procedure. The training will then move to the base of Mineral Basin where members of the Snowbird Ski Patrol, WBR and AirMed will use new long-range receivers (beacon locator equipment) in a simulated avalanche rescue, with the assistance of Snowbird avalanche rescue dogs. This training is an important implementation of the new long-range receivers into the existing rescue protocol. Experts will also be available for interviews on avalanche safety, prevention and awareness.


The rescue drills are open to the media, and will be within walking distance on snow of the Tram and Mineral Basin Express. Skis and snowboards are not required. Any media members interested in attending are asked to contact Jared Ishkanian at (801) 933-2047 by 10 a.m. on Friday. Trams will be available to transport the media to Hidden Peak starting at 11 a.m., with return trips every fifteen minutes.


What: Backcountry Rescue Training at Snowbird


Where: Hidden Peak, Snowbird (park at entry 2)


When: Friday, Jan. 8, 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. (Trams departing to/from peak every 15 minutes)


Who: Snowbird Ski Patrol, Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, AirMed, Mountain Rescue Association, Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office